APRIL RIVER GOPE BOARD 2, New Guinea

Photographs © Hamill

APRIL RIVER
Gope 2
49" high x 9" wide x 1.5" deep
$500

Despite its appearance we believe this board was made to be sold.

Note the pictures below showing insect/erosion damage (now stable) to the top of the board, a small area at the mouth and on the left edge 1/3rd down (front and edge).

Gope boards are wooden ritual objects made in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea. They represent spirits which can protect clans from sickness, evil spirits, and death. These gope boards vary in size, but can be up to six feet long and have a consistent elliptical shape. They are carved in relief and then painted with lime(white) and red ochre and other natural pigments. Most gope boards depict the face of an ancestral spirit.

       

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